“Ms. Millionaire…… In Love & Death…..Nothing to do with New York”
The first self-made female millionaire in the U.S. was Black. Her name was Madam C.J. Walker and she died in 1919, shortly after becoming a millionaire selling beauty and hair products specifically designed for Black women.
The phrase “‘Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all” comes from a Lord Tennyson poem from 1849 called “In Memoriam A.H.H.” It’s NOT about romantic love . . . he was mourning a friend’s death.
The Harlem Globetrotters were founded in Chicago. Their offices are now in Georgia. They’ve never been based anywhere in New York . . . let alone Harlem.
“Tall Mountain-Zero Climbers…… Lotsa Dots on that Domino….. Bigger Than Beethoven?”
The tallest mountain in the world no one’s ever climbed to the top of is Gangkhar Puensum. It’s in the country Bhutan in Asia. It’s about 24,800 feet high, but because it’s a sacred religious site, people aren’t allowed to climb it.
The domino in the Domino’s Pizza logo has three dots representing the company’s THREE locations in 1969. They planned to add a dot for every new store . . . but they expanded way too fast to keep up. Now they have about 17,000 locations worldwide.
The heaviest dog ever was a St. Bernard named Benedictine who weighed 367 pounds.
“Gonna Get me a Chunk Stuffer…… Lung Rupturin’ Loud Rock…..Scabies or Divorce?”
Hot Pockets were called Chunk Stuffers when they debuted in the 1970s.
Your eardrums rupture at 150 decibels . . . slightly louder than a jet engine going off right next to you. Your lungs would rupture at 200 decibels . . . but it’s impossible for a sound to be louder than 194 decibels, because the air breaks down the sound waves.
The phrase “seven-year itch” used to describe SCABIES . . . because back before they could be treated, they lasted for seven years. It became a metaphor for a situation with no hope for relief, including boring marriages.
“Lotsa Languages…… Skimpin’ on the Vermouth….. Witness Protected”
The country of Papua New Guinea has more than 820 languages . . . which represents about 12% of all languages spoken in the world. Most of their languages have fewer than 1,000 speakers.
When martinis were developed in the 1920s, the ratio of gin to vermouth was two to one. The amount of vermouth kept dropping, and now, the ratio is six to one or less.
More than 18,400 people have been relocated with the U.S. Federal Witness Protection Program . . . and not a single one of them has been tracked down by the criminals they were hiding from.
“Flick My Pez…… What’s That You’re Speaking?…..No Bridges to Cross”
Pez dispensers originally looked like lighters and were marketed at adults as an alternative to smoking.
From 1923 to 1969, the official language of Illinois was “American.”
There are 19 countries that don’t have a single river, including the Bahamas, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen.
“City Name-50/50 shot…… Road Trip Stains…..POTUS Footsteps”
Portland, Oregon was named by a coin flip . . . the other name option was Boston. The two guys who founded the city were from Boston, Massachusetts and Portland, Maine. The guy from Maine won the toss and named the city Portland.
The reason baseball and basketball teams wear dark jerseys for road games is because the away teams originally didn’t have access to washing machines, so they needed the darker jerseys to conceal dirt.
The Oval Office has pressure sensors in the floor, so the Secret Service can monitor exactly where the president is when they’re not allowed inside.
“Up/Down Letters…… Walk Around the World…..One F-Bomb”
Letters are “upper case” and “lower case” because that’s where typesetters at printing presses would keep their letters. The smaller letters were in a lower case that was easier to access.
The average person will take about 216.3 million steps in their lifetime . . . which is the equivalent of walking all the way around the Earth five times.
PG-13 movies are allowed to use the “F word” once . . . but only if it’s used in anger and doesn’t directly refer to sex.
“Johnson Cubed…… Dig for the rest of the Rainbow….. Queen of Soul Procrastinates”
Johnson & Johnson was founded by THREE guys named Johnson, not two like the name implies. They were all brothers: Robert, James, and Edward Johnson.
Rainbows are actually full circles. You just can’t see the bottom half because of the ground.
Paul McCartney wrote “Let It Be”, and then sent it to Aretha Franklin. She recorded it, but held up the release for so long, The Beatles decided to just do it themselves.
“Ballpark Date….. Gonna Hit me a Phoenix…..Clunky Acronym”
The full version of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” is a feminist song about a woman who wants to go on a date to a baseball game, not a movie.
The longest golf hole in the world is a 1,100-yard hole in South Korea. It’s a par seven . . . and if you managed to get a hole-in-one, that would be called a phoenix. If you did it in two shots, that would be called an ostrich.
The U.S.A. Patriot Act is actually an acronym . . . and a REAL clunky and forced one at that. It stands for “Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act.”
“I’m mad at that Banana ….. It’s Not Your Fault…..Slow Drip from the Bottom”
You’re more likely to be stung by a bee if you’re eating a banana. The chemical compound that gives bananas their taste also works as a pheromone that makes bees angry.
In Mexico, Germany, Chile, and a few other countries, it’s not illegal to break out of prison. Germany says it’s just human nature to try to escape.
The guy who invented the “upside-down” ketchup bottles with the opening at the bottom instead of the top sold his company to Heinz in 1995 for $13 million.